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USA - Louisiana, Oklahoma Lawmakers React to President Biden’s Oil & Gas Leasing Ban

(KTAL/KMSS) – Congressional and state lawmakers and coalitions in Louisiana and Oklahoma are reacting to President Joe Biden’s executive order to implement a moratorium on oil and gas lease sales in hopes of fighting climate change.

President Biden on Wednesday signed a raft of executive action, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuel subsidies, as he pursues green policies he billed as a boon to the economy.

U.S. State Representative Mike Johnson (R-LA/District 4) took his thoughts to Twitter Wednesday, saying Biden’s policy is hurting working families.

“If there was any doubt whether this White House is with activists or working families, the answer is now crystal clear.”

U.S. State Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA/District 3) also shared his thoughts about President Biden’s plan on Twitter, calling Biden’s ‘energy policy’ a ‘War on oil and gas.’

Senator John Kennedy, (R-LA) released a statement Wednesday saying President Biden’s executive order is “bad and devastating to America.”

"Today, President Biden has issued an executive order that bans all new oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and on other public lands throughout the United States.

Now, look, I’m not going to bubble wrap this. This is bad. This is really bad. This is devastating to America. We have just become energy independent, but this is devastating to Louisiana."

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